CAF slams Napoli President for unacceptable comments on African players

NEWS DIGEST – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slammed the President of Italian football club Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis for the unpleasant remark he made about African players.

Recall that Laurentiis made headlines across the world late last week for saying that he would not sign African players unless they sign an undertaking that would exclude them from participating in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Africa Cup of Nations normally comes up on a two years basis between January and February, which would require players participating in the tournament to leave their respective clubs mid-season for an approximate period that can be up to six weeks.

Laurentiis’ unacceptable comments have received widespread condemnations from football stakeholders and football fans from Africa, with many calling on him to issue an apology.

CAF has now issued a strong statement, condemning Mr Aurelio De Laurentiis’ words, stating that they are irresponsible and unacceptable remarks.

“CAF is appalled by the irresponsible and unacceptable remarks made by Napoli President, Mr Aurelio De Laurentiis on African players and the Africa Cup of Nations,” CAF said in a statement.

“By publicly declaring that players who sign for Napoli must sign a waiver denouncing participation in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment, De Laurentiis’ comments are likely to fall under Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. CAF, therefore, urges UEFA to initiate a disciplinary investigation against him.

“CAF is committed to the role that football plays in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and globally of bringing together and uniting people of different cultures, language groups, races, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds.

“We do not doubt that Napoli and UEFA are as committed as CAF is to these global humanitarian objectives.